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The pruning of the vines starts in January and continues through until Marchand takes about 600 man/hours to complete. The vines are pruned down to one main shoot (the spur) with 9 buds and a smaller one only 2 buds, this one will in turn produce the spur for next year.
Pruning is carried out using electric secateurs ( watch out for your fingers). All the old wood is then removed and crushed to give back organic material to the ground. Then the shoots are tied to the lower wire ready for the new growth in the spring.
At this point the path
branches off to the left.